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[Signed First Abridged Edition in Fine Leather Binding]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Abridged Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A69.5.a) (Woods A31ba.1)
Date: 1931
Published: Charlesn Scribner's Sons [New York]
Size (Details): 16mo (866 pages, with 20 fold-out maps, 33 tables and black and white illustrations.)
Binding: Hardcover [Black leather]
Volumes: 1 Volume

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 11753



Churchill's highly subjective history of the First World War; five volumes (in six books) written over eight years. Initial volumes were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (THE AFTERMATH 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (THE UNKNOWN WAR/EASTERN FRONT) in 1931. A one-volume abridgement by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged or condensed versions of the original text.

Description: This is the First American Abridged edition of Churchill's history of the First World War, sumptuously rebound in full black oasis, gilt tooled and lettered in five spine compartments with raised bands, elaborate internal gilt edgework, and marbled endpapers. It is SIGNED in ink on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by W. Churchill." Beneath this, in ink, another hand has added: "Atlanta, GA, Mar. 1932."

After recovering from his infamous, near-fatal, December 1931 traffic accident in New York City, Churchill resumed in January 1932 his torrid lecture tour of the U.S. He spoke in Atlanta on February 23 (the Governor of Georgia introduced him), after having visited several Civil War battlefield sites, including Gettysburg. Like the original six volume set, the Abridged one-volume edition of the WORLD CRISIS was published first in the U.S. (February 1931) and is the true first edition of this title.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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